Happy Spring DIY Gift: Basil in a Jar April 03 2015, 1 Comment

I have an easy DIY gift today that anyone would enjoy receiving. While plants can be intimidating to some, basil is easy to care for and makes a great windowsill plant. Plus, who doesn't love fresh basil in their supper?

While it is a bit late to sprout these as an Easter gift, a happy spring is reason enough to give a jar to a friend.

You will need:

- A mason jar

- Basil seeds

- Rocks for drainage

- Potting soil

- Gift tag and string or ribbon

Place the rocks in the bottom of the jar and then cover with potting soil. Sprinkle about 5-8 seeds on the top of the jar and barely cover them with soil. Water the seeds. Because of the rocks on the bottom you don't really need to worry about over watering.

Read your seed package, but generally after 5-10 days your seeds should sprout. After they sprout you can thin them out so there are 3-5 sprouts per jar. Once leaves have formed you will want to place them in an area that gets some sun, like a windowsill.

Now all you need to do is add a pretty tag and gift them to a friend for some spring cheer. I practiced my calligraphy with some blank tags I had. If you don't have blank tags you can make your own with our Recycled DIY Gift Tag Tutorial, or use the watercolor floral gift tag from our April subscription!

Don't forget to make an extra basil jar for yourself. Here is a photo of one I've had for a few months. It's still going strong! Planting in a clear jar is pretty interesting because you can see all of the roots grow in addition the leaves.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Happy Spring!